Thursday, December 27, 2012

On My Workbench…

The mail this morning brought new (old!) treasures….

I am really excited to work with these beauties in particular….originating from a European source, these miniature hand painted portraits….. 

These tiny antique portraits were created for pendants many years ago and were found in the excess supply of a long-ago closed jewelry shop.  They were still un-mounted and are in pristine condition for their age.   With my jewelers loop I can see the actual tiny brush strokes and I am amazed at the detail and their special beauty.   I can’t wait to give these ladies a new life in some pretty vintage pendants and lockets. 
….a few more lockets and perfume pendants also came today… 

….and vintage buttons, pearls and beads are always yummy to work with.

I had planned to take a few days off to enjoy the holidays but after seeing these beauties in the mail today, I have already started designing some new jewelry pieces….stay tuned! 
xoxo ~ Joy


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wonderful treasures!
Hope you have enjoyed the holidays.

Unknown said...

Beautiful indeed!!! I am looking forward to seeing what you create with them. Your work is just amazing.

Anytime you need to clean out your stash...let me know :-)

Happy Holidays

Gayla said...

These are so special. Your work s magical! Have a happy new year! Blessings and love, Gayla

Leaping Frog Design's said...

I have never seen such beautiful tiny portraits..can not wait to see what they become in your hands.

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Gorgeous pieces those little portraits are amazing!

Allie said...

Can't wait to see what you create with all of these wonderful beauties!! Happy New Year!!!

Peggy Beck said...

Continue to love all the beautiful pieces you make and your photos are so wonderful as well. Keep up the good work and I can't wait to see what you do with those portraits like everyone else!